Rugs By The Sea – Norma Batistini

It is time to register for Rugs by the Sea.  The brochure is attached as a PDF (double click on it to open) and also copied below.  If you have trouble viewing please contact me and I will mail you a copy. PLEASE do not send your registration via Priority or Express mail.  I will be away this week and don’t want envelopes at my door that could blow away.  All registrations are based on the postmark date on your envelope, not the first to get to me. 
Thank you,
Rugs by the Sea
~A Traditional Rug Hooking School~
September 15 – 20, 2013 and September 22 – 27, 2013
Co-Directors:  Norma Batastini and Linda Woodbury
What’s New?
We are looking forward to another wonderful year of Rugs by the Sea in September.  Luckily the Chalfonte had no damage during hurricane Sandy. This year we have two new teachers joining our staff:  Cammie Bruce and Jen Lavoie.  Cammie is new to the east coast coming from Lincoln, Nebraska where she owned a shop, Baskets of Wool.  Jen comes from Vermont and has been the chair of the Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show the past few years.  This year we will offer a special class during the second week.  Judy Quintman will introduce us how to Zentangles and show us how to incorporate these designs into a rug pattern.  See more information about it on the teacher pages.
About Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May, a seaside resort since the 1800’s, is rich with historic Victorian architecture and has captured the hearts of the young and old.  As discovered long ago by high society in Philadelphia and the South, the spa qualities of its sandy shores and waters warmed by the Gulf Stream will refresh your body and soul.  If beach lounging isn’t for you, put on your walking shoes for a stroll on the boardwalk or bicycle on tree shaded neighborhood streets.  Gas street lamps add a touch of yesterday to the evening.  Steeped in American history, Cape May offers a peek into the past with many tours of restored homes as well as antiques shops, art exhibits and specialty shops.  September is also the peak of hawk migration and the Audubon Society offers many bird walks as well as the internationally known hawk watch at Cape May Point.  Come have a fall love affair with Cape May.
About The Chalfonte
301 Howard Street, Cape May, NJ --- 609-884-8409 or
The Chalfonte was built in 1876 by Northern Civil War hero Colonel Henry Sawyer.  It was purchased in 1910 by the Satterfield family of Richmond, Virginia imbuing the hotel with its Southern ambiance.  In 2008 Robert Mullock bought Cape May’s “grand lady” and he is committed to preserving the historic landmark with the addition of modern conveniences.  Chalfonte guest rooms are unique in character, featuring classic seashore cottage design.  Most rooms now offer air conditioning and others are cooled by ceiling fans and crisp Atlantic breezes.  Accommodations are comfortable and quaint and feature private or semi-private baths.  Telephones and a color television are located off the main lobby.  The dining room is famous for southern style home cooking especially their fried chicken.
Calendar of Events
            Sunday, September 15 or September 22
                     Check in-4 pm to 6 pm
                     Set up and meet teachers-7pm
          Monday, September 16 or September 23
                     Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, September 17 or September 24
         Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, September 18 or September 25
         Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm
         Rug Show 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday, September 19 or September 26
         Class time-9 am to 3 pm
         Show and tell-3:30 pm
Friday, September 20 or September 27
        Check out-by 9 am
Class time-9 am to 12 noon
Lunch-12 noon
 All other meal times will be announced at check in.
Rug Exhibition
The rug shows will be held on Wednesday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 25 from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm.  Please bring any finished work that you would like to show.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share the art of rug hooking with the public and one another.
Travel Information
Located at the southern most tip of New Jersey, Cape May can be reached by car via the Garden State Parkway.  Cape May can also be reached via the ferry departing from Lewes, Delaware. The closest airports are Philadelphia International, 90 miles northwest and Atlantic City, 40 miles north.  Contact the following for more information:  Cape May Chamber of Commerce, 609-884-5508, Cape May – Lewes Ferry, 609-886-1725 or 302-426-1155 or
Prior to the start of classes, teachers will contact you about your project for the week.  They can provide patterns and custom wool if needed.  The school store will be stocked with patterns, wool, books and other rug hooking necessities.  If you plan to hook at night, please bring a work lamp and extension cord.
Rugs by the Sea provides instruction in the art of traditional rug hooking.  All styles are taught and small class size ensures that each participant receives adequate attention and workspace.  The teachers are very experienced and come with a love and enthusiasm for rug hooking.  The teachers for 2013 are:

Week 1   September 15 – 20, 2013
Beverly Conway  Middlebury, Vermont   
SECRET MESSAGES:  Learn about Bev’s new technique of hooking a secret message into your rug.  Add a surprise message-comical, inspirational or personal- to an heirloom rug.  Bev is best known for her whimsical wide cut designs and luscious dyed wool.  Her color expertise will have you working with wonderful color combinations.  You may work on one of her designs or any pattern suitable for a wide cut.  Mini lectures throughout the week will cover many aspects of rug hooking.  Bev’s pattern catalog and patterns will be available in the shop.

Lucille Festa  East Rupert, Vermont
ALL AMERICAN FESTIVAL: A history buff and long time antique collector, Lucille incorporates folk art and Americana images into many of her designs.  Using wool plaids, checks, tweeds and herringbones, over-dyed and as is, she works to achieve soft and mellow colorations that have the look of being old but not worn.  With a keen sense of color, her ultimate goal is for you to create a unique wide-cut hooked rug that is aesthetically pleasing to hand down to the next generation.  Lucille’s patterns will be available in the shop and can be viewed on her website at

Laura Pierce, Petaluma, California
FAVORITE PLACE OR FACE:  Laura grew up with the rugs of her mother, Emma Webber who braided and hooked.  Laura’s rugs range in style from abstract to impressionistic to traditional.  “Emmy”, the little girl blowing bubbles is her most well known rug and was featured on the cover of Rug Hooking Magazine.  Primarily a wide-cut artist, Laura uses whatever cut gets the job done.  With a background in photography and painting, she often makes patterns from photos helping her students create a personal portrait or landscape.   Laura is a McGown accredited teacher and has had many rugs in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebrations. 

Diane StoffelBrewster, Massachusetts
CREATIVE ENERGY:  Diane is offering an open class where everyone does the pattern of their choice.  Choose tapestry, primitives, portraits, orientals or pictorials in all styles and cuts.  Diane will bring a stash of wool but can dye something special for your rug.  You can bring wool from your own stash as well.  Diane is high energy and will keep you working throughout the week to plan all elements of your rug.  This is her second year at Rugs by the Sea.
Beginner’s Class (Available both weeks)
GETTING STARTED:  For those who have never pulled up a loop, learn the basics of rug hooking Monday morning with Linda or Norma.  Then join one of our regular classes based on your interests and class themes. On the registration form check beginner class.  We will contact you regarding the supplies you will need and which class you will join Monday afternoon. 
Week 2  September 22-27, 2013
Beverly Conway  Middlebury, Vermont  
Same class description as Week 1.

Cammie Bruce  La Grange, North Carolina
PRIMITIVE JUNKY:  Cammie’s love of rug hooking began after seeing finished rugs and admiring the skill that went into making these wonderful pieces of art.  Her style of hooking and teaching is primitive in color and cut.  The emphasis of the class will be on using wide cuts of wool, (#7 on up), using lots of textures and plaids, color planning and fun ways to finish rugs.  Come join her for a fun week of hooking and learning.  Cammie has been teaching since 2002 and is McGown certified.  Visit her blog at:

Jen Lavoie  Huntington, Vermont
THE ORIGINAL DESIGN:  Hooking a rug is a huge commitment of time and thought, especially if it is a challenging work of original art.  This class is for those students who would like to strengthen, hone or even begin developing their skills at original design.  From start to finish, all aspects of original design and how to achieve our rug hooking goals will be explored.  Students may have a project idea already or may come to class and begin the process.  Landscapes and pictorials are her forte but all visions are welcome.  Jen’s most recent work, “This Train” won the museum and member’s choice award at the Shelburne exhibit.  Visit the GMRHG website to view it. 

Judy Quintman, Wilmington, North Carolina
COLOR, COLOR EVERYWHERE:  Judy has enjoyed designing her own primitive style rugs and is an expert color planner.  She enjoys multiple borders as seen in her rug, Star Flowers, featured in Celebrations XV.  A certified McGown teacher, Judy offers on open class for colorful wide-cut or finer hooking. She enjoys different fibers and is able to combine yarn, proddy, or whatever into your pattern. You will have fun with it all and learn from each other’s projects.  Judy’s comprehensive class discussions will cover color planning through finishing.
Zentangle for Rug Hookers
A special mini class by Judy Quintman
Offered the 2nd week only on Tuesday from 3:30-5:30
Use the idea of Zentangle, which is like doodling, to create an interesting design for your rug hooking.  We will make a 12 x 12 piece starting with a bird that has doodles in his body.  Then you will create the designs around the bird for the background.  There is no need to know how to draw.  The mini class will start with pen and paper and basic instruction.  We will focus on ideas that can easily be translated to our piece.  Judy will have templates available for the class to use as well.  The cost of the class and kit is $35.00.  The kit contains the paper, pen and 12 x 12 pattern with the bird drawn on linen.  Black and white wool for the background will be available for sale or you can bring your own.  You can use scraps for the bird body.  For questions or photos contact Judy at 
Accommodations/Registration/Refund Policies
Registration/Instructional Fee
$265 due with the registration form.
This fee is for all students, those staying at the Chalfonte as well as commuters.  Classes will be filled on a first come basis.  Cancellations received by August 15th will be refunded $150.  After that date, no refund is available.
All rates listed below are for 5 nights.  This includes daily breakfast and lunch, and dinner Sunday, Monday and Thursday.  (Tax and gratuities are included)

$520.00      Single occupancy/bath down the hall (12 rooms of this type available)
$650.00     Single/private bath (25 rooms of this type available)
$520.00     Double occupancy/private bath (20 rooms of this type are available)
Note about the Air Conditioning-The hotel is designed for airflow, think ocean breezes, with ceiling fans in each room.  The central air conditioning goes on at 76 degrees which is required for their “green hotel” status.  There are no controls in individual guest rooms.
Students with special needs will receive priority on the first floor.  The accommodation fee is payable to Rugs by the Sea and is due in full by August 15th.  You will receive notification mid July.  Accommodation refunds will be made only if notification is given two weeks prior to arrival.
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$265.00      Registration/Instructional fee
$75.00        Facilities Fee (due by August 15th)
$175.00      Full meal plan (optional) includes daily breakfast and
                   lunch, and dinner Sunday,
                   Monday and Thursday.
$85.00       Sunday dinner and weekday lunches (optional)

There will be 15 commuter spaces available per week.  Please register early if you plan to be a commuter.  The facilities fee will be due August 15th
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Following receipt of the registration form and fee, you will be notified of acceptance and class choice.  Your teacher will contact you to determine your interests and to help plan the project you will be working on during class.  Register as soon as possible to ensure your position and to allow adequate time for planning your project.
We look forward to meeting new and familiar faces this fall at Rugs by the Sea.
Norma Batastini, Co-Director  973-746-2936
Linda Woodbury, Co-Director  973-743-6835
Registration Form

Phone:  _________________________________

E-Mail:  ________________________________
Teacher Preference  (Please list three choices)
Week 1 (Sept 15-20)                     Week 2 (Sept 22-27)
Bev Conway          _____            Cammie Bruce     _____
Lucille Festa         _____            Bev Conway          _____
Laura Pierce         _____            Jen Lavoie            _____
Diane Stoffel         _____            Judy Quintman     _____
Beginner’s Class   _____            Beginner’s Class   _____
                Zentangle Class    _____  Tuesday PM
Accommodation Preference  (Indicate 1st and 2nd choice)
1.   __________________________________________________
2.   __________________________________________________

Roommate request:  ______________________________________________________

Do you need a first floor room?  _______Yes     _______No
Preference will be given to those with physical needs.

Is this your first time at Rugs by the Sea?  Check if yes ______
Commuters ONLY (Fill out this section if you are a commuter)
______ Yes, I will be a commuter
___  Yes  ___ No  Add full meal plan at $175.00
___  Yes  ___ No  Add Sunday dinner & lunches plan at $85.00
We accept all registrations on a “first come first registered” basis.  If you want a particular teacher please sign up quickly as some classes fill early.   To register send a check or money order for $265.00 made out to Rugs by the Sea with the registration form and mail to Norma Batastini, 12 Inness Place, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028.  You will be billed in JULY for the accommodations, meal plans, commuter fee and the Zentangle class if you choose it.  Thank you. 

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